When you go on vacation to a monumental or historic site as a young child, you may think, "Oh my God, those buildings are so big," but as you grow older and taller, you begin to understand the fineness and labor that went into making those beautiful things come to life, efforts of the creator and workers to make it look spectacular, and represent the past as a designer, it feels expression comes from art, inspiration comes from science, an invention comes from engineering, and communication comes through design. I've discovered that I constantly move and shift from one domain to the other if we take these four squares and make a circle, a clock.
“When an artist acknowledges that his soul has arrived on the canvas, his artwork is finished; the same is true for architects when that same portion of the soul manifests in their work.”
Whether it is art or architecture, the process of arriving at the final product takes hours of planning and execution rather than a Eureka moment of inspiration. If you compare the path of an artist to that of a tornado, you can picture the intensity of all the disciplines focusing on where the creator must find calm and tranquility during the storm. If the architect succeeds, art can represent ideas, identities, cultures, and societies through the use of form, color, texture, and material interaction.
There is a clear overlap between art and architecture, yet there is conflict as well. What follows is a brief history of a modern artist and an architect who both use techniques and ideas from their respective fields. The finest of both worlds from the 1990s were combined by two great Indian creative geniuses, MF Hussain and BV Doshi, to create the most surprising place that allows visitors to experience art and architecture in a very real way. The Hussain-Doshi Gufa is a prime illustration of how art and architecture can work together.
I went on a trip so that I could see the Taj Mahal in October the best time to visit, I’d say. I was completely in awe of the monument when we arrived. The adjectives like "iconic," "beautiful," and "jaw-dropping" can never express the beauty of this symbol of unending love! I read the booklet, which stated, "It is one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal in Agra is a famous example of a Mughal emperor declaring his love for his wife, Mumtaz. The idea for building the Taj Mahal originated from the Mughal custom of erecting magnificent monuments and palaces in honor of their beloved family members. The Taj Mahal's architecture is an envious fusion of the best infrastructure from around the globe.
The design of the Dome and the incorporation of "arched openings" are examples of Persian influences. Additionally, it was influenced by modern Hindu design principles like chhatris and the lotus symbol in its architecture. Taj Mahal is a gorgeous structure that is made up of a mosque, a beautifully landscaped garden, and a large complex with decorated gates.”
A symphony of planes, apertures, moldings, accents, textures, light, music, and views combine with the buildings and the viewer to produce an almost dynamic experience. That in and of itself is art. If we look at art, it takes that cultural behavior and challenges the way we see the world. We are only able to conclude from this that there is a flow of knowledge and creativity that occurs across all fields. Thus, if you believe in the fairytale moment, art and science collide there at the stroke of midnight when Hussain meets Doshi. You must believe in magic and suspend your disbelief for it to happen.
by Harshita Gupta, Junior Creative Intern (July'22- August'22)